June 2011

21 HMC Staff Complete Springboard Programme, Doha, 27 June

Twenty one women employees from the Hospitality Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have completed the Springboard Womens Self Development Programme. The participants to the workshop included Senior Hospitality Managers, Patient Visitor Service Staff (PVSC), Patient relations coordinators and front line staff.

Through the workshop the women learned how to be more assertive in their work settings. They were also taught how to find work life balance. The women staff were handed several tips on successful networking among co-workers, apart from harnessing their communication and presentation skills.

The Springboard Programme was divided into four sessions during the month long workshop. The women were able to give their feedback about the benefits of the workshop after implementing it at their workplace.

Ms. Salam Nassar, Manager of Patient and Visitor Service at Rumailah Hospital, after attending the Springboard Progamme said that it had given her a better perspective about life and work. I have been able to share my views and learn from others experiences through the workshop, Ms. Salam added.

She further stated that the workshop has taught her to be more sensitive while dealing with patients and visitors and treat their anger and demands in a more professional manner.

The Springboard Programme is not only help full for professional women, but is also handy for women from all walks of life .It aims at empowering women through self development and confidence building measures, said Ms. Enas Malkawi, a Certified Trainer at HMC, who conducted the Program for the staff.

Ms. Enas further stated that the developmental program is in line with HMC vision to empower and enlist women in key leadership positions. We are proud to have Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, as HMC Managing Director, who has made women staff development a key priority, Ms. Enas added.

The four week developmental workshop program has been pioneered by Ms. Liz Willis and Ms. Jenny Daisley from Springboard Consultancy in United Kingdom. British Council has the exclusive rights to market it in the Middle East.

The Springboard Programme was launched in Qatar in 2008. Addressing the cultural sensitivity of the region we have made the entire Springboard Programme and the educational material into Arabic. We have adopted local success stories and examples so that women from the Arab world can relate to the issues, said Ms. Ola Eid Communications and Media Projects Manager at British Council Doha.

The Hospitality Staff from HMC were given the certificate of attendance by Ms. Enas Malkwai, Certified Trainer at HMC in the presence of British Council officials and other dignitaries.

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International Workshop at HMC to Focus on Research Writing, Doha, 22 June

Doha, 22th June: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is hosting the 2nd International Advanced Workshop on Basic Principles of Scientific Writing of Medical Articles from 23rd to 25th June at Hajar auditorium in Medical Education Department. It aims at training doctors from various specialties in the finer aspects of medical research writing and its successful submit ion.

The scientific writing workshop is been held under the leadership of Dr. Abdul Latif Al Khal, Chairman of Medical Education Department and Chairman of Medicine Department and has been positioned as an educational activity for researchers.

It has been organized by the Urology section along with Surgery department and Medical Education Department as part of effort to enable the researchers to learn the nuances of scientific medical writing and its publication.

The three day advanced workshop is being conducted by Professor. Ahmed A. Shokeir, Assistant Director of Urology and Nephrology Centre, Al Mansoura University, Egypt.

We have confirmed participation from over 100 medical researchers from Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait. The aim of the international workshop is equip the medical researchers to write successful scientific papers, which can also be published in international medical journals, said Dr. Abdulla Al Naimi, Head of Urology Section at HMC, and main organizer for the workshop.

Participants to the three day advanced workshop will be taught on many aspects of doing research. Professor. Ahmed A. Shokeir will deal at length on topics such Study Designs in Medical Research, Basic Principles of Statistics, How to Select a Proper Statistical Test, How to Write an Original Article among many other area of interests to the researchers.

Researchers will also be trained on using the advanced Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) computer program which empowers them in statistical and data analysis.

This year we will also inform the researchers on the finer aspects dealing with successful international publication of scientific papers. Many of the ethical questions in research will also be addressed so that researchers do not face rejection, while submitting proposals, Dr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Assistant Section Head of Urology, said.

The organizers of advanced scientific writing of medical articles workshop at HMC aim to hold its edition next year with more theoretical and practical inputs for researchers from across the Middle East.

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HMC Honors CBQs Role in Expansion of HGH Lithotripsy Unit, Doha, 19 June

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) honored the Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ) on Thursday June 16 for the contribution it has made to support the expansion of the Lithotripsy Unit at Hamad General Hospital (HGH). The ceremony, which also celebrates the newly expanded facility, took place at HGH and was attended by HMC Managing Director Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Mr Abdulla Al Raisi from CBQ, HMC clinicians and executives, and other distinguished guests.

We extend our earnest gratitude to the management of the Commercial Bank of Qatar for their important role in this project, said Dr Hanan Al Kuwari in her address at the ceremony. This helps us achieve our aim to provide the most advanced healthcare technology and equipment at HMC, and enables our clinicians and other healthcare providers to deliver the best care possible to the people of Qatar. Dr Al Kuwari also congratulated the Lithotripsy team for the development.

The newly expanded HGH Lithotripsy Unit now includes a larger waiting area, reception area and preparation area, which now accommodates four beds. Besides the space expansion of the facility, the unit has also acquired a new extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) machine, which offers non-invasive treatment of kidney stones by using shock waves to break the stones from outside the body.

This non-invasive procedure means there is less risk for the patient than using surgery to remove the stones. We are breaking the stones without surgery, so there is no cutting or bleeding, and the patient can see immediate results, said Dr Abdulla Al Naimi, Consultant Urologist and Head of Urology Section at HGH. The patient can come to the hospital, undergo the procedure and go home on the same day.

The treatment session takes about 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the stones. After the procedure, the patient will be under observation for two to three hours before discharge.

We first started using this technology in the 90s. We acquired our second machine in 2004, and we now have the latest machine, said Dr Al Naimi. Our waiting time now is one month, and we expect to further reduce this to one week. We have been delivering a good number of procedures per day, which is about eight to ten cases. This new development will enhance our capacity and help us increase the number of procedures we can do, further improving the waiting time for patients in need of this procedure.

We also expect another new machine in three months, which will replace the old machine, Dr Al Naimi added.

Dr Khalid Al Rumaihi, Assistant Head of the Urology Section, said that besides lithotripsy, the unit can also now perform other procedures such as endoscopy. We are happy that HMC is committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities and services for our patients. These developments will enable us to deliver even better services and care to our patients, and to cope with the increase in population in Qatar.

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HMC Joins the World in Celebrating Blood Donation Day, Doha, 15 June

Doha 15 June 2011: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) celebrated the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on 14th June, under the theme More Blood More Life.

The event was held under the patronage of HE Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Qahtani Minister of Public Health, at the Sheraton Hotel Doha and was attended by Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, the Managing Director of HMC, plus many other prominent dignitaries. They commended and honored 360 voluntarily blood donors representing various nationalities and coming from diverse fields, who actively contributed in the blood donation campaigns.

Statistics for 2010 show that the total number of donors reached 13,289 and about 17,321 units of blood were collected. This rise in blood donation has taken place in tandem with the tremendous modernization achieved in blood transfusion services.

Dr. Ajayeb Al Nabet, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC underlined that in the future, blood component shall automatically be separated using a Hi-Tech system called Atrios the first of its kind in the region which will offer a major and quantum leap in the field of blood donation services.

This new modernization drive shall be accompanied by qualifying the staff as well as strengthening the vital role of the Blood Donor Center through the dissemination of voluntary blood donation culture which is considered as an important pillar of the center, said Dr. Al Nabet.

Dr. Zeyd Merenkov, head of Transfusion Medicine Services, stated that HMC is witnessing an increasing demand for blood donation due to the opening of new hospitals such as the Heart Hospital and Wakrah Hospital in addition to the expansion in cardiovascular surgeries, liver transplantation and stem cells transplantation.

On the occasion Ms. Siddiqa Al Mahmoodi, head of HMCs Blood Donor Unit, said thousands of people have voluntarily donated blood during 2011, enabling the Blood Bank to meet 100% of its blood requirements.

This year there is a significant increase in the number of blood donors and blood units. It is the highest level achieved since Qatar stopped blood imports from abroad in 1987 and resorted to local voluntary blood donors to secure adequate reserve of high quality, disease-free blood, Al Mahmoodi said.

Qatar started celebrating World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004, through various social programs and public awareness campaigns launched by HMC Blood Donor Unit. It aims to achieve the strategic vision of the unit to maintain efficient, fruitful partnership with individuals, organizations and various sectors of the society to achieve self sufficiency in blood donation in the country.

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HMC Diabetes Symposium Highlights Precautions When Fasting, Doha, 13 June

People with diabetes are advised to take precautions when fasting in order to prevent complications of this disease. Hamad General Hospital (HGH), a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), conducted a Fasting and Diabetes Mellitus symposium on June 11 as part of efforts to raise awareness and encourage prevention of diabetes, which has become increasingly prevalent in Qatar as more people lean toward unhealthy lifestyles. The event was held at Doha Sheraton Hotel and was attended by diabetes specialists and other healthcare professionals.

The symposium themed Lets Control Diabetes Now comes as people prepare to fast in the coming Ramadan, and featured specialists who spoke on different aspects of diabetes. Dr Mahmoud Zirie, Head of the Diabetes and Endocrine Unit at HGH, spoke on new studies and guidelines for managing diabetic patients who are fasting during Ramadan, and on how diabetics can adjust their medication so they will not experience either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Zuhair Al Arabi, a dietician, spoke on maintaining a healthy diet during Ramadan, and gave advice regarding the preparation and consumption of traditional food, including what portions one should eat to avoid high or low blood sugar. Manal Al-Musallam from the Patient and Family Education Unit discussed how diabetics can check their blood sugar at home during Ramadan, and what to do when their blood sugar is low or high.

We want to encourage the prevention of diabetes and lessen the number of people afflicted with this disease by educating our population on how to lead healthy lifestyles, said Dr Sara Darwish, Consultant at the HGH Diabetes/Endocrine Unit. In Ramadan especially, people will be having difficulty in avoiding Qatari traditional foods, so we are giving them advice on how these foods can be adjusted to be healthy.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide and is broadly divided into two types. Type 1 diabetes results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, leading to increased blood glucose. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not respond correctly to insulin, and is caused by factors such as family history and genetics, low activity level, unhealthy diet and excess body weight.

Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent due to the sedentary lifestyles adapted by many people, as well as their diet which tend to be high-calorie, fatty foods, Dr Darwish explained.

Persons considered at high risk of diabetes are those with a family history of diabetes, women who have previously had gestational diabetes or who delivered babies weighing four kilograms or more, and people who suffer from hypertension or obesity, said Dr Darwish. Healthy eating habits and physical exercise are important in preventing obesity and diabetes.

Increased media focus on diabetes prevention and care has promoted early diagnosis of this disease, along with coordinated educational efforts by HMC, the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar Diabetes Association, and Primary Healthcare, which also collaborated on the symposium. The event was sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

Novo Nordisk is a world leader in diabetes care. Our key contribution is to discover and develop innovative biological medicines and make them accessible to patients throughout the world, to help patients live better lives. We always welcome any cooperation with healthcare institutes in Qatar aiming to increase diabetes awareness and improve its management all through the year, and particularly during certain events like the holy month of Ramadan, said Essam Faragalla, Sales Executive of Novo Nordisk.

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HMC, Qatar University Celebrate Success of Laboratory Staff and Biomedical Sciences Program Graduates, Doha, 12 June

In a high profile event held at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), 20 Laboratory Staff from the joint Biomedical Sciences Program of Qatar University and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC were honored.

The event held at Hajar auditorium at Medical Education Centre was presided over by Dr. Ajayeb Al Nabit, Chairperson of Laboratory and Pathology at HMC. Dr. Ajayeb along with Dr. Eiman Mustafawi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Arts and Sciences in Qatar University honored and commended the Technologists for achieving the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board Certification.

It is the highest rating in clinical laboratory services worldwide. Graduates from Qatar University are the first to achieve this unique distinction outside of United States of America, Dr. Eiman said.

The four year BSc Program in Biomedical Sciences was developed 28 years ago by HMC's Laboratory Department and the Biomedical Sciences faculty of Qatar University.

As part of the collaboration, staff from HMCs Laboratory Department participate actively in teaching and guiding the students in achieving excellence in their field. It caters to the growing need for well trained Lab Technologists in the country. Many of the graduates are employed with HMC, Dr. Ajayeb said.

In 2008 it was the first such program outside of United States of America to achieve the highest academic accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). It is committed to being the premier international agency worldwide for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.

The NAACLS accreditation enabled all Graduates from the Biomedical Sciences Program to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board Certification (ASCP) exam. The Board Certification is the culmination of their training in the health professions and demonstrates that they have met a high internationally recognized standard.

Since the last three years thirteen Graduates from the program have now successfully passed the ASCP Exam. With this achievement the Graduates have now become Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), as they have achieved the highest academic rating anywhere in the world, said Dr. Victor Skrinska, Laboratory Manager at HMC. Seven other laboratory staff have been recently awarded an International Board Certification by ASCP.

The Board Certification ceremony held at HMC was well attended by senior medical staff from HMC including Dr. Mohamed Elkhalifa, Assistant Chairperson of Laboratory and Pathology among many other honorable guests.

Senior faculty members from Biomedical Sciences Program and officials from Qatar University also took part in the celebrations.

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